Environmental stewardship is ingrained in our culture and mission
While the 51st Earth Day will be celebrated across the world on April 22, every day is Earth Day at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) because protecting the environment is ingrained in our culture and critically important to our customers and the Sunshine State. We believe that being a good steward of the environment means making the right choices.
FPL has been an industry leader in protecting the environment for many decades, and we strive every day to demonstrate that commitment. We are making Florida a leader in clean, emission-free solar energy with 37 solar energy centers in operation throughout the state and we are well on our way to meet our goal of installing 30 million solar panels by 2030 as part of our 30-by-30 initiative. Also, this year we began construction of the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery which will allow us to retire two aging natural gas units, eliminating more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Through a partnership with Audubon Florida, the majority of FPL solar energy centers are or will be solar stewardship sites. This commitment to stewardship begins during development when we consider the presence of any threatened or endangered species, as well as significant wildlife corridors, wetlands and other ecologically important areas in our design. After development, we work with Audubon Florida and other local organizations to design and implement site-specific environmental enhancements, like the planting of native trees, shrubs, and grasses, to make sites bird- and pollinator-friendly. The plants used are strategically chosen to increase biodiversity and limit the growth of invasive species. At some sites where specific species have been documented or are known to forage, we have installed nest boxes for waterfowl and cavity birds, and T-perches for burrowing owls and raptors to improve habitat conditions.
As we all celebrate Earth Day this month, know that you can count on us for our commitment to continue to bring you clean, reliable and affordable energy. Our 30-by-30 goal to build more solar energy centers and our growing energy storage technology will help us deliver on that promise so we can lead Florida to a sustainable energy future.